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If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young by [Vonnegut, Kurt]
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"Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut's crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted."--A.O. Scott, "The New York Times Book Review"

"The material here offers us a slightly different lens, a different window, extending across a wide range of time and geography, from Fredonia College in Fredonia New York in 1978 to Eastern Washington University in Spokane in 2004, and framed by not just Vonnegut's sense of humor but also of humanity, his faith in our essential decency."--David Ulin, "The Los Angeles Times"

"These delightful scattershot commencement speeches offer fresh clues to what lay behind Kurt Vonnegut's twinkly visage--clues that are well worth celebrating."--Peter Matthiessen

""If This Isn't Nice, What Is?" is a spectacular read in its entirety, brimming with Vonnegut's unflinching convictions and timeless advice to the young."--Maria Popova, Brainpickings.org
"Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut's crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted."--A.O. Scott, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Like so much of Vonnegut's work, these speeches combine absurdist humor, pessimism and countercultural politics, with improbably and disarmingly charming results."--Troy Jollimore, "Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal"
""If This Isn't Nice, What Is?" is a blast of pure acid."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"The material here offers us a slightly different lens, a different window, extending across a wide range of time and geography, from Fredonia College in Fredonia New York in 1978 to Eastern Washington University in Spokane in 2004, and framed by not just Vonnegut's sense of humor but also of humanity, his faith in our essential decency."--David Ulin, "The Los Angeles Times"
"These delightful scattershot commencement speeches offer fresh clues to what lay behind Kurt Vonnegut's twinkly visage--clues that are well worth celebrating."--Peter Matthiessen

""If This Isn t Nice, What Is?"is a spectacular read in its entirety, brimming with Vonnegut s unflinching convictions and timeless advice to the young." Maria Popova, Brainpickings.org
Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut s crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted. A.O. Scott, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Like so much of Vonnegut's work, these speeches combine absurdist humor, pessimism and countercultural politics, with improbably and disarmingly charming results." Troy Jollimore, "Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal"
""If This Isn't Nice, What Is?" is a blast of pure acid." "Entertainment Weekly"
"The material here offers us a slightly different lens, a different window, extending across a wide range of time and geography, from Fredonia College in Fredonia New York in 1978 toEastern Washington Universityin Spokane in 2004, and framed by not just Vonnegut s sense of humor but also of humanity, his faith in our essential decency." David Ulin, "The Los Angeles Times"
"These delightful scattershot commencement speechesoffer fresh clues to what lay behind Kurt Vonnegut's twinkly visage clues that are well worth celebrating." PeterMatthiessen"

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut is a unique voice in the American canon, a writer whose works are hard to categorise, often straddling the space between literature and science fiction, and filled with cutting satire and dark humor. Like Mark Twain before him, Vonnegut's reputation and impact on American writing and reading will continue to grow steadily and increase in relevance as new insights are made. Vonnegut was born in 1922 in Indianapolis, and studied at the University of Chicago and the University of Tennessee. In the Second World War, he became a German prisoner of war and was present during the bombing of Dresden. This experience provided inspiration for his most successful and influential novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut admired as much for his views and his "Vonnegutisms" as for his publications. He wrote extensively in many forms, including novels, short stories, essays, plays, articles, speeches, and correspondence, some of which was published posthumously.

A lifelong friend of Kurt Vonnegut's, Dan Wakefield both edited and wrote the Introduction to the bestselling collection of Vonnegut's personal correspondence, Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. In addition, Wakefield is the author of the memoir New York in the Fifties, which was made into a documentary film, as well as Returning: A Spiritual Journey. He created the NBC prime time series James at Fifteen and wrote the script for the movie based on his novel Going All The Way, starring Ben Affleck.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7333 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CC1TF8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #338,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 starsGood, but short; and a bit repetitive
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3.0 out of 5 starsSome nuggets of wisdom -- but perhaps not worth an entire book
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5.0 out of 5 starsI am devoted to Vonnegut. This almost-new hardcover is a great addition to my library.
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